Monday edition - August 31, 2009
Cheney shrugs off CIA-torture investigation
Sam Donaldson Spars With Liz Cheney Over CIA Torture Investigation ...
CNN - 8-31-09
Former Vice President Dick Cheney had his facts wrong when he blasted Attorney General Eric Holder last week for launching an investigation into past CIA interrogation techniques, an administration official asserted Monday.
according to a newly released memo from the CIA, they used horrible torture
techniques on prisoners. Dick Cheney claimed that it wasn't torture. Enhanced
interrogation techniques, that's what he called it, enhanced interrogation
technique. And he didn't shoot that guy in the face. No, no, that was enhanced
quail hunting." --David Letterman
VA won't pay benefits to Marine whose injuries came from vaccine
It wasn't a bullet or
roadside bomb that felled Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez three years ago after nine days
in Iraq .
It was an injection into his arm before his unit left the states.
The then 20-year-old Marine from Springfield, Mo. , suffered a rare adverse reaction to the smallpox vaccine. While the vaccine isn't mandatory, the military strongly encourages troops to take it.
However, it left Lopez in a coma, unable for a time to breathe on his own and paralyzed for weeks. Now he can walk, but with a limp. He has to wear a urine bag constantly, has short-term memory loss and must swallow 15 pills daily to control leg spasms and other ailments.
And even though his medical problems wouldn't have occurred if he hadn't been deployed, Lopez doesn't qualify for a special government benefit of as much as $100,000 for troops who suffer traumatic injuries.
When the CIA revived a plan to kill or capture terrorists in 2004, the agency turned to the well-connected security company then known as Blackwater USA
Klan buys up Glenn Beck ad space. - Grant Gerver www.seriouskidding.com
Bush Daughter Update
NBC's "Today" show has hired
someone with White House experience as a new correspondent — former first
daughter Jenna Hager.
The daughter of former President George W. Bush will contribute stories about once a month
family vacationing on Martha's Vineyard and Obama has been mostly relaxing with
just a little bit of work. And you know, that sounds like George Bush's entire
eight years." --David Letterman
entire island of Martha's Vineyard has gone Obama crazy. There's even a cocktail
that they've named after Barack Obama. It's called the Obamarita. Not to be
confused with a cocktail inspired by John McCain, the Cosmopoligrip. And then
there was one a couple of years ago inspired by George W. Bush, the Mojidiot. Of
course, there was the Bill Clinton Screwdriver." --David Letterman
Two great new band names: "Death Panel" & "Pull The Plug On Grandma" - Grant Gerver www.seriouskidding.com
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Let's just call it what it really is: "The United States of Corporate America." - Grant Gerver www.seriouskidding.com
Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been a victim of identity theft. His credit
card company became suspicious when they noticed repeated purchases of large,
failing American car companies." --Conan O'Brien
Thanks for the great graphic, Larry.
Politics Today: Cheney vs. Obama CBS News
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To Help You Deflate Photo
provided by Tina White with the Snowmass, Colo., Police Department on Tuesday,
Aug. 25, 2009, show a bear that was trapped in a skateboard park, because of its
steep concrete sides, a ladder that was lowered into the park by officials
allowing the bear to climb out.
Photos/Snowmass Police, Tina White